productive failure

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. It is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street.” ~William A. Ward

I have had recent bike workouts that have had me thinking about failure…A LOT! I have posted about it briefly in Instagram, but wanted to share my expanded thinking about it. Here are some of the thoughts I have had while riding:

  • if I throw in the towel and quit, then I won’t fail this interval
  • if I quit now, I will never know what I was really capable of
  • so you failed that interval, show up for the next one and keep fighting
  • I will learn more from failure than I will from success
  • just because you fail one interval doesn’t mean you’ll fail it the next time
  • failing builds resilience
  • failure is the road to success

I’m working to reframe my thinking…if I am giving everything I have and fail, BUT learn from my failure, this is GOOD…it is PRODUCTIVE FAILURE! In order to achieve success and turn my dreams into a reality, I need to pass through failure. I’d rather try my best and fail than not try at all. So why do we fear failure? Where did that fear start? Why do we let fear have control over us? I am reminding myself daily to take action in spite of my fears. Are you letting fear in the drivers seat? Do you blame fear when you make excuses for how you preformed? Fear can be protective and keep us out of harms way, but it can also be a road block for becoming the best version of ourselves and achieving our dreams. Experiencing fear and moving through it is how we build courage and resilience. It is how we reach our potential. It is how we grow and become our best selves.

Fearing failure is letting the bubbles that carry your dreams pop before they are given the opportunity to turn into a reality. I’m choosing to dream BIG so I can grow into the best version of myself. If I fail along the way, I will learn and grow. This is PRODUCTIVE FAILURE and is NOT something I want to fear. Productive failure is the key to making progress and we shouldn’t avoid it just because it makes us uncomfortable. We should lean into it because this is where the magic happens!

I’m choosing courage over comfort as I acknowledge my fears and move through them! I’m choosing to listen to my dreams and not the naysayers! I’m choosing to chase my dreams with intention! I’m choosing to follow my dreams even if that means I have to overcome fears along the way! I am choosing productive failure! I’m choosing to grow into my best self! I’m choosing to dream BIG!

Productive Failure…I’d rather try my best and fail, than not try at all. So what if I fall short of my expectations as long as I’ve given my all. This is failing productively. This is where we learn. This is how we get stronger. This is where we grow. This is where we move from the uncomfortable a little closer to the comfortable. This is where the magic happens! Keep failing, but fail productively!

4 thoughts on “productive failure

  1. Yeah… nope. I just don’t like the whole notion. Failure? In terms of riding my bicycle?! There are people I won’t ride with because they’re too fast. I don’t want to work hard enough to be that fast. That’s not failure. That’s making a choice to enjoy cycling. There’s more than just a comment can wrap around.

  2. I admire how you always stay so motivated! If you could already do something, then it wouldn’t be a goal now, would it? You gotta do the work to get there! I’m going through this on a smaller scale now with the 30 day yoga challenge I’m trying to use to get myself back into good habits. I keep having to say “Okay Self, can you really not do this move or are you just being lazy?” And the answer is almost always “lazy” (but I truly can not do crow pose!).

    1. Thanks girl! I admire you for doing the yoga challenge! I’ve thought about doing a yoga challenge for 30 days on many different occasions, but haven’t committed. I can’t do crow pose either. That one is so tough!

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